My choice was a nice and smooth milk stout from Southern Tier Brewing: Double Milk Stout 2X Stout.
This stout is smooth and creamy. Not too bitter, not too sweet, and well balanced. Perfect for this beef bath.
To prepare this marinade, I started off by roasting some garlic. I do not roast whole heads of garlic. Way too much garlic for what I need. I just take the cloves that I need, slice the tips off, and place in a foil packet with some olive oil. The packet goes into a 350 F oven for 30 minutes. Perfect roasted garlic every time.
Here are the rest of the ingredients:
Roasted Garlic Milk Stout Marinade
1, 12 oz bottle of your favorite stout. I choose a milk stout. Just try and choose a well balanced brew
3 large cloves garlic, roasted
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp ground mustard powder
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp sea salt
Fresh ground pepper. I used 10 turns of my grinder
Put everything into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Then, lower your heat and simmer until reduced by 1/3. Then cool to room temperature.
While the marinade was cooling, I tenderized my flank steak thoroughly on both sides.
Once the marinade was chilled, I placed everything in a plastic bag and put into the refrigerator to steep in the stout mixture. I flipped the bag over every hour. Total marinade times five hours.
After five hours, I removed the steak from the refrigerator and placed on the counter to come to room temperature. Then, I wend outside and started my grill. Once my coals were ready, the flank steak went on direct heat for about seven minutes a side. I was looking for 130 F internal temperature. Once done, I brought inside and let the meat rest for 10 minutes, covered with foil, before slicing.
Sorry about the picture. As you might be able to see, the marinade created a nice caramelized bark on the outside. We also nailed the medium rare that we prefer (at least on the thick end).
The flavor was great. Better then I was hoping for really. The roasted garlic, vinegar, and spices made for a nice combination. The stout brought it all together adding a nice richness to the beef. We will definitely be trying different variations of this marinade in the future. So, if you have a spare stout hiding the the refrigerator at home, give this a try.
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